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Weekend Construction Outlook

Updated every Friday, Mark Arum tells us where we can find construction, events and anything else to slow us down on the roads this weekend.

Turkey shatters man’s windshield on interstate

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The next installment in weird stories on American interstates comes from I-575 in Georgia. 

Police say 35-year-old Kelly Teague was driving his Cadillac Escalade on the interstate Thursday afternoon when he came across three turkeys crossing the road.

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Teague says the car next to him hit the middle turkey and sent the bird flying into his windshield. Although the windshield was badly damaged, Teague and the turkey survived. Police say Teague had a few cuts and scratches to his face. His wife, who was in the passenger seat, and a male relative, who was in the back seat, were not hurt.

Emergency crews and firefighters arrived on scene and assisted the turkey, which was still alive, away from the highway and back to safety.

Boeing 777 crashes while landing at SFO

A plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway.

According to a witness, around 11:20 a.m. the plane was just about to land -- its landing gear had come down -- when the tail of the plane came off.

After wobbling for a minute, the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it's back.

The plane, reportedly a Boeing 777, was coming from South Korea, according to flight tracking information.

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Kaedy's Conversations - David Coverdale

Kaedy Kiely interviewed David Coverdale of Whitesnake back in 2000 - listen to part one.

She asked about Coverdale’s relationship with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, since he had worked with Jimmy Page on the Coverdale/Page project.(listen)

 

 

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe and Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic. Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin's and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album (titled 1987 in Europe) that was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative -- "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin -- but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love."Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake issued a greatest-hits album in the U.S. and Canada focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan that was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s, however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single, "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi

Diverging Diamond Interchange

Can you DDI?  Employees, residents and visitors in the Perimeter area may soon be asking each other that question.

Beginning Monday, June 4 there will be a new way to travel through the I-285 Interchange at Ashford Dunwoody Road.

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) have launched a project to radically redesign this busy interchange near Perimeter Mall to improve safety and traffic flow.  The new configuration is called a Diverging Diamond Interchange or DDI.   

The innovative DDI design shifts the flow of traffic to the opposite side of the road to reduce points of traffic conflict. 

“The DDI is a proven, cutting-edge, low-cost design that provides immediate traffic relief,” said PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams.  “The DDI is being used successfully in four other states, but this will be the first DDI in Georgia.

“We’re expecting that under normal, free-flowing traffic conditions on surrounding highways, the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody DDI will reduce traffic delays in evening rush hours up to 20 percent,” Williams said.  “There are significant safety improvements also with DDIs,” Williams noted. 

The PCIDs initiated Georgia’s first DDI when they hired Moreland Altobelli Associates to conduct pre-engineering studies and find a new concept for the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Interchange, which is a major gateway to Central Perimeter, the largest office market in Metro Atlanta.

DeKalb County and the State Road and Tollway Authority provided funding to the PCIDs for the pre-engineering and project design and the GDOT is funding the $4.6 million construction cost. 

GDOT has indicated that the DDI could become a model for congested interchanges throughout the state.

Diverging Diamond Interchange

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